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Native American style flutes by Laughing Crow (Richard Maynard)
Flutes in the Native American Style created by a musician for the musician.
A peek into the life of Laughing Crow, maker of Native American Indian Flutes
Wouldn't you love to look out your back door and see this? Wow! These are the Sangre de Cristo Mountains east our home in New Mexico. Photo taken early morning after a rain. We live and work in Amelia's Earth Ship outside Taos, New Mexico in the summertime. Can you spell "G-R-E-E-N? Forget the hype. Man, this is green living!
In this photo taken at sunset you can see Virga, rain that evaporates before it can hit the ground. Taken 6/6/10
Sunset 6/6/10 Another view.
Sanding the joining surface of a blank in the Tucson studio to ensure a perfect fit.
I clamp each blank individually by hand as opposed to clamping a bunch at a time. This ensures that each flute is aligned properly and gives me a chance to swab the excess glue from inside the bore before it can dry. Also, the hand clamps are gentle enough to firmly join the two pieces without crushing the wood.
A note about two piece construction. The guys that bore the flutes will tell you that the flute will come apart at the seams. I say, they're just trying to discredit this traditional method of Native American flute construction. The glue that I use is Titebond III®. This glue is purported to be the strongest high performance waterproof glue in the world and I believe the manufacturers when they say so. Wood is a living thing. It can move and this glue is flexible enough to move with it. Sometimes any wood can and will crack when exposed to moisture. I've seen this happen to the single piece flutes, so don't let them fool you with that story about the two piece construction being weaker. One of the best ways to avoid cracking is to remove the bird after a long playing session to allow the slow chamber, where the water can collect, to dry overnight.
Laughing Crow clowning at the tuning station in the Tucson studio. Yes, I know. I should be watching my work instead of mugging for the camera!
A table full of the latest batch of flutes. I make the flutes in small lots. Usually anywhere from 8 to 14 flutes at a time so that I can devote as much attention as possible to each one. Your flute is made with care, love and guidance.
Another of our amazing winter sunsets at the Earth Ship near Taos, New Mexico. wow.........
A different view of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains.
A small portion of one of the countless, awesome, amazing, fabulous sunsets during monsoon season. Ain't it grand?
A double rainbow seen out the south view of Amelia's Earth Ship during monsoon season.
This little fellow lives underneath the house by the front door. Pretty easy to spot after a snow.
Winter on the mesa. Time to head down south!
Yours Truly (on the right) with Scott August, award winning recording artist, at Zion, Photo ©TomVezo.com. Scott and I met up at the 2nd Annual Zion Native American Festival in 2006. We're clowning around with a couple of my Em flutes. (Gosh! How long ago was that?) Love you, Scott!....... R.I.P. Tom. We miss you. Your work lives on.
A portion of the workshop at Taos.
Mugging for the camera, again.
Here I am slaving away on a Sunday afternoon with a Paduak Bass A flute at the Taos studio getting Christmas flutes ready. Notice the red sawdust everywhere. Whew! Now you can see why the fancy head gear.
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